Neil Armstrong, Cornwall’s Living Churchyards and Confit Duck

26 Aug

1.    The first man to step upon the moon, Neil Armstrong, has died and his family have asked that, to remember him, we look at the moon, smile and give a wink. What a beautiful way to remember a man who was clearly a gentle and generous individual.   That request to wink had us remembering how both our Dads used to wink, in reassurance, in a moment of conspiracy, to say hello, to remind us how we were loved.

2   Mylor Marina, boatyard and Churchyard were our choice for today – the boats for Mr S, the water for us both and the Churchyard for me. What a lovely way to spend our special day, our Sapphire  Wedding Anniversary!

Us, 45 years ago


Lych gate to Mylor Church

Read this remarkable gravestone carefully

Tombstone for a sailor

Masts in the distance

Cornwall’s Living Curchyards

Celtic Cross with a pile of wood behind which has the label ‘Wood pile for wild creatures to hide in’

Loved this building in the marina and the reflection

Bookswap in The Castaways where we had lunch

We shared this enormous helping!

3   Home to cook our Anniversary dinner together – French Confit Duck with beans, broad and French, from the garden and some baby new potatoes with a red wine sauce followed by Ginger Fairing Lime Cups (I was inspired by that ice-cream I had the other day!)

Ginger Fairing Lime Cup


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31 responses to “Neil Armstrong, Cornwall’s Living Churchyards and Confit Duck

  1. Alex Autin

    January 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    This post caught my eye, Armstrong is very much a hero of mine. I too sent a wink to the moon. Just the act of doing so, and the remembrance of us being there, created quite an emotional moment.

    Also, very lovely churchyard photography, but I especially enjoyed the marina shot.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      So glad there was another wink to the moon and very glad you likes the photos. 🙂

  2. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    August 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Happy Anniversary a day late – what an adorable couple – love your smile–you are so cute!

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you very much. I’m told I still have the same smile but I am 45 years older! 🙂

  3. pennycoho

    August 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Your words and photographs are beautiful, There is love and fond memories in all, lovely lovely post my friend, Penny

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      • pennycoho

        August 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

        My distinct and happy pleasure to do so, Penny 🙂

  4. Promenade Claire

    August 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Many congratulations on your anniversary !

  5. mixedupmeme

    August 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

    US……..I like that you said “US” instead of X and me. US means one to me. Beautiful picture and thanks for sharing it. Hope you had a wonderful day and many more too.

  6. niasunset

    August 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

    and of course Congratulations… Blessing and Happiness to you. Love, nia

  7. niasunset

    August 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

    This is great post. I am impressed so much and your photographs are amazing too. Thank you dear Sally, have a nice week, love, nia

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Thank you! It was a lovely day together!

      Have a good week yourself,
      love 🙂

  8. saymber

    August 27, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Thank you for taking me along on your beautiful day – you two are so sweet together! Just glow. The Celtic cross marker was lovely – as were all the pictures. The food looked yummy! Never had that dessert before! Again – congratulations on such a major milestone in both of your lives. Great adventures behind you and even better to come! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Yes, we’ve had lots of adventures and do plan to have many more! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment – always appreciated!
      I invented that dessert and it worked really well! It was really just individual servings of the Lime and Ginger Cheesecake that is on my recipe pages but I used super Cornish Fairings and left out the pieces of ginger.

      All the best to you 🙂

  9. valeriedavies

    August 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Oh what a beautiful post again… what lovely young things you were – we never realised when we were young how gorgeous we were, did we.? The churchyard… oh it made my heart sing, the beauty, the history, the touching memorials to the dead, and the concern for living creatures, and then your lovely grub, which made me want to start creating in the kitchen straight away!
    A celebration of life and death and beauty and love – thank you so much.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

      What a lovely reply! You sum things up so beautifully. We were very young but none of our parents ever questioned our getting married. I guess, from seeing this picture again, they could see we were made for each other!

      The graveyard was so moving. There were many more stones I would have liked to have shown, one to many young men of The Ganges who were Navy Trainees and who died, not at sea, but of diphtheria, typhus, cholera, pneumonia, whooping cough, TB, scarlet fever, measles, mumps, chicken pox. They were all 15,16 17.

      Thank you again for you comments. They are so appreciated! 🙂

  10. lodgehousebandbsomerset

    August 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and lovely pictures today, thanks

  11. childtasticbooks

    August 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    What lovely pictures. That graveyard looked fascinating, with many stories to tell. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary!

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

      I could have spent much more time in the graveyard – there are stories to be told about them for sure.
      Have you read The Fate of Jeremy Visick? That starts with a gravestone and is a brilliant story for 9 upwards. Adults enjoy it too. I am just a bit biased as my Dad (David Wiseman) wrote it and it is set in Cornwall!
      All the best to you 🙂

      • childtasticbooks

        August 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

        I haven’t read The Fate of Jeremy Visick but it sounds great! Must look out for it. How great that your father wrote it.

  12. Choc Chip Uru

    August 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Beautiful photos my friend 🙂
    Congrats on a sapphire wedding anniversary, you and Mr S are absolutely adorable!!!
    And it is indeed a lovely way to remember the first man on the moon…

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thank you for your lovely comments! Adorable? Yes, I think we might have been! xx


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